[D8828ABM1], Letter from James Ricalton to Alfred Ord Tate, May 7th, 1888


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[D8828ABM1], Letter from James Ricalton to Alfred Ord Tate, May 7th, 1888

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[written from Ceylon] "I send today by packet-express a joint of Giant Bamboo. It will show size average length and if its form to be well dried the auality I send is particularly as a sample of size. I fill the joint with some samples which I have tested, and although they fall far short of the "Giant" I send them because my tests may have been unreliable etc. ### The supply of the Giant Bamboo I find is limited. I find upon careful inquiry that ten million fibres a year for two or three years can be got. But it [unclear] and am assured by good authority that in six years an unlimited supply can be produced from plantations set out now. Its habitat is thought to be northern Burmah. The samples of Giant bamboo enclosed in the large joint are poorly dried. I oly send them to show the different conditions of it etc. ### I find very much depends on the drying and I don't know that the larger joint I send is well dried but I have kept it [unclear] in sun and artificial heat and today well it must be [unclear] and dried suddenly. ### I have again tested this "Giant"--found it again outstrips immensely the sepular and even the [unclear]. ### I am anxious to hear from the sample already sent." Yours truly James Ricalton





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